More than four years after the Bull traded Tyrus Thomas to the Charlotte Bobcats for a future first round pick, they now know when they will be able to use their pick.
That pick was lottery-protected in 2012, top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 protected this season, top-8 protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016. With the Bobcats making the playoffs this season, and having some good, young talent on the team, and with this year’s draft being one of the deepest one in decades, the Bulls will take that pick this season.
If the Bobcats don’t make it past the first round in the playoffs, and the Bulls advance to at least the second round, the Bulls should have two of the top twenty picks in this draft.
That should put the Bulls in a good position. Using those picks, they can get two players good enough to be used as role players as rookies. If they choose, they can trade for solid, veteran help. Considering how restrictive the Collective Bargaining Agreement is (more severe luxury tax penalties for example), having two rookie contracts on a roster would be beneficial.
Seeing how the Bulls have had success with players late in the draft, having two first round options, and a second-round option, they are in good shape to pick up some good help for the team. They picked up Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler late in their respective drafts, and they are now integral parts of the team’s success.
Not knowing what the full list of available players will look like come June, I won’t go in-depth with who could be available. Aggrey Sam did write about some possibilities recently.
Rest assured that the Bulls have already started their research and will do their best in finding another draft gem. Let’s hope they can build on the success already had and the success yet to achieve this season.